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Vengeance

by Tara Brown

A man once told me there are infinite places love will take you, but revenge is the business of hate and there is only one place hate will take you, the end. The end of you and the end of everything you once stood for. His words still echo in my mind, next to the images of the millions of places I might have gone.

Amillia Morgenstein wants nothing but freedom. Freedom to choose the man she marries and the life she lives. She wants nothing but the boy she can never have, Maddox.

Her world is turned upside down when her brother betrays their whole family, in a deal to trade Amillia to a Duke named Herrick and overthrow their father.
Broken hearted and fleeing her burning village, she rides away on the back of her closest friend, Artan.

In a neighbouring city, rumours of a red-cloaked assassin flood the streets. An assassin who targets only the rich and the wicked. The trail of blood left behind leads back to the burned out doors of a once flourishing kingdom, now ruled by a tyrant.

Broken hearted and bound by vengeance, Amillia finds herself falling for something she never thought she would have again. Grayson’s blue eyes and sarcastic smile have her fighting the feelings she has, just as someone from her past reappears. She fights for her heart and the hope no one discovers her biggest secret.

How far would you go for the ones you love, the ones you lost?

Mature Readers Recommended



Beginning of a Hero (Legends of Windemere)

by Charles E Yallowitz

Take a step into the magical world of Windemere where history is forged by brave adventurers.

Luke Callindor was born into Windemere’s most decorated family of adventurers. Since his birth, he has been treated with the greatest amount of respect and awe. Now, with a lifetime of training and the reckless cockiness of youth, Luke has set out to prove that he deserves the admiration that comes from being a Callindor.

Luke gets his chance when he convinces a royal messenger to hire him to protect the heir of Duke Solomon. This future leader is secretly attending Hamilton Military Academy, an esteemed school run by the former mercenary, Selenia Hamilton. It is a dangerous secret mission requiring that Luke pretend to be an average student while keeping an eye out for any sign of danger. Unfortunately, Luke has no idea which student the heir is and a demonic assassin is already several steps ahead of him. Finding himself in over his head and constantly in trouble, the young warrior realizes that the only things he has on his side are some new friends and his unwavering courage.



Only Vampires Cry Blood (Alexa O’Brien Huntress Book 3)

by Trina M. Lee

Book 3: 
Alexa O’Brien has more power than she can handle. A werewolf bound to a vampire by a force bigger than the both of them, Alexa is feeling lost. Desperation drives Alexa to make a deal with the one person who can guide her, a man she loathes, Harley Kayson. He just so happens to be the sire of her vampire lover, Arys Knight. To say Arys is pissed about this would be putting it lightly. 
Conflict threatens to destroy what Alexa and Arys share. Due to their eternal bond, they can never truly walk free of each other. When Arys teams up with his sire to revisit their sordid past, the pain he and Alexa inflict on one another rises to a scathing boil. Alexa comes to realize that her only solution is to fulfill Arys’ greatest wish and worst nightmare, regardless of the consequences. 



Blood Bites: Three Vampire Tales

by C.J. Pinard

Three vampire tales by three talented female authors!

~Wicked~

When eighteen-year-old Emily wakes up to find herself being held captive in a barn with four other women and tries to escape, she finds herself being hunted by a dark presence through the deep woods of Montana.

~Violent~

College sophomore Evan Grant doesn’t realize what he’s getting into when he asks the beautiful redhead, Karina Walsh out on a simple date. The date ends well but the night does not. A frightening encounter with an otherworldly creature leaves him nowhere to go but to Karina and her family for help. But will they help himâ?¦ or destroy him for knowing too much of a world he never should have seen?

~The Blood Pool~

When vicious killings of humans begin to show up in a small town, Alec Kilton – Chief Enforcer of the Nave, the ruling authority of vampires, is sent to investigate it and stop it. During the course of his investigation, he comes across a deadly game enacted by four young – and untrained – vampires. They call their game, the Blood Pool. In this game, they select a female human’s name from a hat, and then each of the four have an opportunity to woo her. Whoever wins, gets to enjoy her before the other three come and destroy her.

While out on his mission, Alec meets a stunning redhead, Molly O’Connell, who he finds irresistible on so many levels. During the course of their game, Molly’s name is deposited into the hat and selected to become their next target in the Blood Pool. Will Alec be able to understand their game in time to save his lovely redhead? Or will those who invented the game destroy her first?

Some stories contain adult language and adult situations. Appropriate for readers 17 and older.



The Eighth Fire (Chronicles of a Magi)

by Gene Curtis

The Eighth Fire: Chronicles of a Magi Book 2

A faith based fantasy thriller so gripping in its action and convincing in its plot that readers are cautioned not to read it before going to bed.

The theme: The next step in fighting the antichrist.

The story: The quest for an artifact the antichrist desperately wants destroyed.



Bloodstone

by Helen C. Johannes

What if looking at the face of the man you loved meant death?

Years ago, warrior Durren Drakkonwehr was cursed by a mage. Now feared and reviled as the Shadow Man, he keeps to himself, only going to town to trade rare bloodstones–petrified dragon’s blood–for supplies. Though he hides his face, he can’t hide his heart from the woman who haunts his dreams…

Needing bloodstones for a jewelry commission, Mirianna and her father journey across the dreaded Wehrland where the beast-men roam. When their party is attacked, only the Shadow Man can save them. Strangely drawn to him, Mirianna offers herself in return for her father’s rescue.

Living in the ruined fortress with the Shadow Man, Mirianna slowly realizes that a flesh-and-blood man–not a fiend–hides there in hoods and darkness. But are love and courage enough to lift the curse and restore the man?



Eve Snow Psychic PI: The Case of the Secret Admirer 1

by Sandra Ross

From the Publisher that brought you popular short story series Witching Call, Hostile Hearts, Earthbound Angels, The January Morrison Files Psychic Series, Ralph’s Gift, Children of Time, Chains of Darkness, Song of Teeth, Tropical Storms and Friend Zone…

SOMEONE WANTS EVE’S HEAD ON A PLATTER

HOW CAN SHE STOP WHAT SHE DOESN’T KNOW IS COMING?

Everything has been falling into place for Eve Snow; Hunter Vale has found his way back into her life, and promises to share it with her forever. Now, they’re planning a wedding and venturing into Eve’s private investigation business together.

Then Eve is asked by her friend Det. Chad Morrison into investigating a murder that requires the help of her psychic abilities. What makes this case special is that the victim was one of her closest friends from college, Sara Cranston.

Little does Eve know that Sara’s murder is just the start of an elaborate scheme to lure her into a web of punishment, deceit, and bloodshedâ??all in the name of revenge. Eve investigates and unknowingly falls into the trap. But, business as usual, she finds information about Sara’s death and her murderer through her visions.

Hunter has to stifle his worry as he watches Eve risk her life to solve the case, not knowing that as she gets more involved, she puts herself right where the Secret Admirer wants her.

What could this person possibly want from Eve? Will she get out of the ordeal alive?

Follow Eve as she solves the mystery of the Secret Admirer in the midst of her blossoming relationship with Hunter.

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READER ADVISORY: This story contains contents that some reader may find objectionable, including sex and erotic themes.


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EXCERPT

The house wasn’t that far away and they arrived within a very few minutes. Pulling over a couple of houses down from Sara’s, Eve cut the engine. She and Hunter watched the house for a few minutes to assure themselves that no one else had arrived ahead of them. Then they exited the car and casually strolled to the back of the house.

Climbing up the few steps to the deck, they approached some sliding glass doors that looked directly into the eat-in area of the kitchen. They had just stopped to look into the doors when a sudden energy of such malevolence slammed into Eve that she staggered and would have fallen if Hunter hadn’t caught her.

Black! No, black with blood red streaks twisting through it like small little rivulets of blood. She couldn’t remember ever having felt such rage and madness. Her head instantly felt as if it was on the edge of exploding.

Oh, yeah, she thought. This is a bad one.

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Keeper Part 1 (Hidden Bloodlines)

by Tiffany Evans

As a Drea, Taylee Pierce, is a walking energy bongâ??or that’s how the gift stealing Rygons see her. Her ability to control minds in their hands could mean the destruction of the Kember and Drea race. Laced with speed, strength, and a physical ability, each Kember holds the key to not only defeat the Rygons, but to protect one Drea until death.

But what happens when one who’s born to protect, hunts instead?

During a heated battle with a rogue Kember, Taylee’s forced to run and let her own Kemberâ??the man who raised herâ??face him alone. With the announcement of her protector’s death, Taylee’s anger and obsession regarding the mysterious murderer take over. She’s hell-bent on bringing her guardian justice, even if it means walking into the enemy’s trap.



Get Inked: Fantasy Sampler

by Melissa Pearl

The Indie Inked Authors have come together to give you a taste of their fantasy titles. Discover a range of books in the YA and NA genres, all with a magical twist. Get Inked and go on a fantastical adventure.



The Demon Mistress (An Eva Prim Novel)

by Jordan K Rose

What’s a girl to do when she discovers her husband, who happens to be the Master Vampire for the New England Region, has been lying to her for, oh, say a hundred and eighty years?

Well, it all depends. If she’s accidentally released forty demons from some creepy old book, unintentionally announced the existence of vampires on The Internet, kidnapped a werewolf, enraged a lovesick vampire by stealing his approved mate, and attracted the attention of The High Commander for The Vampire Federation, not to mention gotten stoned and mastered the forbidden art of demon calling, she might be willing to call it even.

Or, she might plead her case at an Inquisition and hope like all hell, she isn’t staked before sunrise. Eh, a slightly busier night than usual, but nothing Eva Prim can’t handle.



Thiel: One Foot in Front of the Other

by Lynne Pearl

Semi-finalist in the Walrus’ Summer Literary Seminars: On the death of Narn, Thiel’s beloved Grandmother, Thiel leaves home with his sole companion, a dog, to find his secret inheritance. Unable to read, mostly inarticulate and considered little use by his fellow men, he carries Narn’s letter to a lawyer in the impoverished city of Goneton. Given a key to Narn’s original home, he travels miles from his birthplace to the region of Minark, meeting new companions along the way.

In a world similar to our own, Lynne Pearl vividly describes a time of crisis in an imagined past where rural idyll is clashing with the march of industrial modernity. In this gentle coming-of-age tale, an unlikely hero embarks on a journey of self discovery.

People are saying about Lynne’s debut novel:

“Between the rural narrative of Thomas Hardy and the anticipation of a Tolkien journey, Lynne Pearl weaves a tale of delightful insight into human and animal behaviour….Thiel is an excellent introduction – I want to read more.” Bruce Chivers, potter and artist-in-residence at South Devon College

“The story is very compelling and draws you onto the next page. The characters are very real and sensitively portrayed. It now requires a sequel which will both draw together the faithful figures of his early life and lead us on to the what next in his personal journey.”

“I enjoyed the differentness of this similar world [which explores] wider issues of spirituality.”

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I Chose to Die (Siren Suicides)

by Ksenia Anske

On a rainy September morning that just so happens to be her sixteenth birthday, Ailen Bright, a chicken-legged, straw-haired teenager, decides to commit suicide via drowning in the family bathtub. The ornate marble tub, adhering to her abusive father’s love for anything expensive and Italian, is decorated by five sirens – who seemingly help her escape the house when her father breaks down the bathroom door. After an almost-successful suicide attempt number two, which lands her at the bottom of a lake, she learns that sirens are, in fact, real, and they want to turn her into one of them. An amazing, yet dark look into the mind and heart of a suicidal teenager, this urban fantasy follows Ailen’s struggle to figure out the meaning of life, the unraveling of her confusing feelings for her theatrically goofy best friend Hunter, and her desperate battle for her father’s love.



Illuminating Crystal – Book One in the White Bird Series

by PB Morlen

  • IT’S THE DAWN OF THE FIFTH AGE AND ANCIENT WISDOM NEEDS A MODERN GIRL. MEET CRYSTAL BLUE. CHILD OF THE STARS. BORN TO ILLUMINATE HUMANITY.
  • What if you suddenly learned from
    a green-eyed stranger that you’re an Avatar, someone gifted with the ability to
    walk between worlds? And what if you learned that you were the only person on
    earth capable of re-wiring humanity by traveling the world over in one year’s
    time, unveiling and sharing the secrets of the ancients’? What’s worse? What if
    you had no choice?
      If you do not accept your
    mission–the mission you were born to fulfill–a large portion of Mankind may
    cease to exist!
  • ILLUMINATING CRYSTAL is PB Morlen’s debut novel, kicking off the White Bird Series. This Fantasy/Fiction/Magical Realism series, written and enjoyed by a wide audience, begins on the streets of Minneapolis, set in a magical bookstore where readers are introduced to the young and enigmatic CRYSTAL BLUE, who wears her long dark hair in dreadlocks, artfully styled yet a testament to her rebellious nature.  Soon, after discovering an ancient manuscript in the basement of  THE BLUE CRYSTAL BOOKSTORE, Crystal finds herself in a large home on the shores of one of Minnesota’s most beautiful lakes where she learns her fate, realizing her life is forever changed. 


Devil Inside (The Devil Series)

by Brandy Isaacs

“For every light there is a dark.”

Harley Finn had never had an easy life. Despite having a difficult childhood, she has worked hard to create a safe and comfortable life for herself. Harley does her best to enjoy her simple, mundane life. But after a random hook-up her life will never be the same

At first Levi Bonham seems like the ideal, no-strings-attached kind of guy, but Harley soon realizes that he is as dangerous as he is enticing. Harley’s connection to Levi leads to disastrous consequences. Suddenly, Harley finds herself plunged into a world plagued by creatures that prey on human suffering and misery.

Reeling from tragedy, Harley must confront her own demons to save herself and those she loves the most. Her desire for revenge collides with a centuries old war waged at humanity’s expense. Harley must decide if she is willing to put aside her vendetta and risk her own humanity for the sake mankind.



Unafraid (A Forbidden Bond Series Novella)

by Cat Miller

This prequel to The Forbidden Bond Series can be read as a stand-alone novella.

Griffin is a young future Councilman and leader of the Vampire Nation. As the only surviving son from the House of Vaughn he has been groomed since birth for the position. His parents’ plans for the future of their House are a constant weight he must bear.
Tessa is a waitress who has been struggling to survive on her own since the death of her parents and the rejection of her family. The clairvoyant dreams that have plagued her since her childhood force her into a solitary existence.
Tempers flare and the battle between duty and desire ignites when their two worlds collide on a life changing cold winter night. Tessa’s heart hangs in the balance. Griffin is the only one who can tip the scales. Will his good intentions and love for Tessa be enough?

*Adult Content*



Fatal Healing (The Dragon Hunters)

by Drako

Odele, the goddess of Healing, has returned to Olympus, once again the direct servant to Hera, queen of the gods. Yet even after the defeat of Eris, her work is not done. The war of the gods is imminent now, with Cronus restored to life and the Titans back at his side. But before the battle can begin, Odele must find her mortal twin brother, who had been captured by the forces of the vampire Kalos years before. She asks Hera for her brother’s whereabouts, and the god queen allows her to attempt to rescue him, but under the condition that she’s accompanied by Apollo.

Apollo has waited ages for Odele’s return to Olympus to heal the heart he’d broken ages before. The process of healing won’t be easy, and Odele’s heart is not the only heart to be healed. Both Apollo and Odele’s lives are at risk, as they join the god of darkness in a battles against two children of Gaea and Odele’s own brothers, Cronus and Typhon. Will Odele’s heart be healed, and most importantly, will anyone survive this unique healing process?



Neon Gods Brought Down by Swords. (Neon Gods.)

by RLL

NEON GODS.

Welcome to my sword and science series, NEON GODS.


Neon Gods Brought Down by Swords.

I am Sorcha Nic Lir. Kill me, if you dare.

Seven men are fated to be sent into the dark. They mustn’t know that they are going to die. There’s no telling who they’ll bargain with, if they think that they are under threat. If they manage to convert the assassin to their cause, everything will fall apart at the outset.

Fortunately, there’s a plan for dealing with the assassin. It’s the same plan, with the same element of risk. He, too, must not know that he is marked for death. There’s no telling who he’ll bargain with, if he thinks that he’s under threat.


Gilach Mac Gilach will bargain with anyone, and possibly anything, if it means staying alive that little bit longer. Sent to the city to extinguish the lives of seven ne’er-do-wells, Gilach falls foul of a sudden change in the political mood.

Within seconds of arrival, he realises that the rules of the game, and promises of gold, mean nothing to the covert agents pulling his strings. The stakes are ridiculous, the odds beyond reckoning, and the treasure unwinnable. Those factors never stopped him before. They could earn him a spot six feet under, this time roundâ?¦


FROM THE NOTES ON THIS STORYâ?¦

Creating a Cold War sword and science setting seems like a mad meeting and eradication of styles. Quiller in Hyboria – The Conan Memorandum – though Gilach lacks Quiller’s analytical ability and moralityâ?¦

â?¦Mr Quiller has a duty of care to people. Gilach has more in common with Brian Freemantle’s agent-as-survivor, Charlie Muffin. Try not to call him Charles. Anything, to survive. Betrayal’s just a word.

As for Sorchaâ?¦you’ll have to read the book.


182,000 words, plus notes.


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Lazarus’s Heir (Children of Ascendance Chronicles)

by M.A. Smith

After his memory is stolen by the morally ambiguous Truthsayer, Michael Descado is cast down upon the lands of his birth, there to be discovered by police officers in 2006 America. Though the medical community is fascinated by what they perceive as an evolutionarily advanced species of Homo sapiens, the United States government is far more interested in Michael’s neigh indestructible armor.

But Michael lacks even the ability to speak, and a tug-of-war ensures between those who come to love him, and those who want his secrets.

Meanwhile, unexplained Electromagnetic Pulses are happening all over the world, decimating any electronic technology within their blast radiuses. Though some come to suspect that Michael is somehow connected to these events, the truth is far more terrible, for each pulse is the result of an opened doorway between universes, and soon the nations of Earth will find themselves pitted against an unstoppable army hell bent on conquest.



Schisms (Red World Trilogy)

by V. A. Jeffrey

(On Sale!) A queen in peril. An outsider priest. A young girl who dreams of adventure.

The land of Hybron, once the cultural center of the Red Planet, has fallen into an abyss of political and religious strife that has kept it embroiled in conflict. It has floundered in a dark age for centuries, the former grand kingdom falling into a collection of city-states. An ancient prophecy has reappeared, a prophecy that promises to deliver them from the corruption and increasing violence that permeates the land. However, there are those who have their own plans and “savior prophecies” only get in the way of the more pragmatic concerns of acquiring power.

The ancient capital, Assenna, has been in ruins for many ages and the line of kings that ruled from it are nearly forgotten. The very words, Red Kings, have become a curse and it is forbidden to even speak of them but it is precisely the blood of this kingly line, it was foretold, that would rule Hybron again and raise it up to its former glory. The Ainash priesthood, a powerful and ruthless faction in Jhis have fallen in power after a barbarian warrior has overrun the city-states, making himself king of the land. Under his rule Hybron has once again been reunited under one power. Is he, a wild tribesman of the desert, the future Red King of prophecy? As the kingdom remains embroiled in corruption and violence it does not seem so and his queen, a devout woman of the Aishanna-La has borne him no heirs. She has her own schemes that put her at odds with everyone at court: the priesthood, who seek to regain power and the king, who plans to carve out a great name for himself in the world. The queen becomes embroiled in a controversy that will have long-reaching effects on the fate of the kingdom and her own.

Ilim, one of the Ainash, is thrown out of the Golden Temple. Afterward, he has a prophetic dream with a commission to tell a dire message that most people do not want to hear, least of all the Ainash priesthood. His new spiritual path leads him back into the desert among the tribal peoples. He believes it will lead him to the answer that will save the kingdom from ruin – but, disappointingly, it leads him, not to a great warrior and a holy army but to a little girl at the fortress city of Gamina.

Visions are never straight forward, paths are perilous and the grand purpose of prophecy seems impossible, yet many are now seeking it; some strive mightily to make it come about while others are working just as powerfully against it and there are those who seek to insert themselves in it. All are caught in the river of Destiny and Purpose. Some will rise and others will drown. Who will triumph?



Satan’s Studies

by Lois Ruff

Satan’s Studies is a collection of four romances dealing with the evil ways of the devil and his hope to snare souls.
In “The Dog”, Adam McLeash is almost overcome by the Evil One through his drive to succeed at all costs. In “The Lynching” it is the desire for vengeance which ensnares two idealistic persons heading them for disaster.”The Demon Children” shows how young love thwarted can leave a door open for evil. Petrucio And The Devil is also about vengeance as a conduit for the devil.



Knights’ Quest (Two Short Stories) (Otherworlds)

by Jonathan Moeller

Featuring two short stories, KNIGHTS’ QUEST shows how far two men are willing to go to complete their quests.

In CRAVINGS, a knight undertakes a daring and bold quest for the sake of his wife, braving tremendous perils and dangers.

In CREATIVE PROCESS, an artist needs inspiration to create a masterwork – and exposes himself to tremendous dangers in a strange and twisted world.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Standing over six feet tall, Jonathan Moeller has the piercing blue eyes of a Conan of Cimmeria, the bronze-colored hair a Visigothic warrior-king, and the stern visage of a captain of men, none of which are useful in his career as a computer repairman, alas.

He has written the DEMONSOULED series of sword-and-sorcery novels, and continues to write THE GHOSTS sequence about assassin and spy Caina Amalas, the COMPUTER BEGINNER’S GUIDE series of computer books, and numerous other works.

Visit his website at:

http://www.jonathanmoeller.com



Key to the Stars (The Fourth Dimension, Volume I)

by Kevin Domenic

A fourteen year old boy.

For nearly a decade, the race of sorcerers known as the Kyrosen lived in seclusion beneath the sands of the Mayahol Desert. After the death of his father during the Vermillion War, Sartan Truce rose to power as the rightful heir to take the reigns of his battered warriors. Although the planet’s natives did their best to drive the Kyrosen to extinction, Truce’s technological advancements served to both sustain his people and aid them in their fight for survival.

And now his greatest weapon is a fourteen year old boy.

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The Fourth Dimension is a sci-fi/fantasy book series that follows the journeys of a young man named Arus whose tragic disfigurement leads him to discover that even the harshest storms can be weathered by courage of the heart.

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Reader Reviews

  • 5 Star Review: “Oh my goodness, this was an incredible series. If you buy this book, buy the second one to go with it. The third book completes the story, but the first two (in my mind) make up one complete story with the third book wrapping up everything in an amazing apocalypse that leaves your wanting to turn the pages faster, but not miss a single word.” – Jerry Hanel, Author of Death Has A Name
  • 5 Star Review: “The narrative is supremely well structured and carefully balanced so that raw action always raises questions of conscience. Throughout all this our attention is centered on Arus and the appalling trials that face this brave and honorable young warrior as he finds his free will stolen from him. Despite the complexity of the story, the beautiful writing and good characterization carry the reader along smoothly.” – bandcandy, reviewed on Amazon.com


The Adventures of Nana and Prince Jeff (The Adventures of Blancton)

by Jamie Mann

This is book 2 in the Adventure of Blancton series, this time around it focuses on the characters of Nana and Prince Jeff, but includes all of the royals. Nana, Prince Jeff and apprentice Jorf go on trip in search of the plant that will cure King Frederick



The Adventures of Princess Olivia (The Adventures of Blancton)

by Jamie Mann

An adventure book of the Royal Family of Blancton. The main character in the book is Princess Olivia who along with the help of her brother and sister, as well as others, puts a stop to the evil Lord Stench. Lord Stench has plans for revenge and it is up to Princess Olivia and the others to stop him. He is a great magic user always trying to one up the royals in his search for power. One princess alone can save the day, but will she do it alone?



Dreadwolves on the Run

by Marie Pennington

This is a short story about a Dreadwolf couple who left the pack for a better life only to find out that life on their own without the pack doesn’t mean they won’t be hunted down for being different.



Escape Plans (Tales of Arden)

by Kiersty Lemon

Shirina’s cousin has been captured by the Empire and she will not rest until she gets him back. They are members of a group of spies who are working to free the country of Arden from the Empire’s grasp. As Shirina seeks to free her cousin, she also struggles to balance her desire to serve the cause she believes in with her longing to live the life she had planned.



WITCHES. (FICTION FACTORY.)

by RLL

FICTION FACTORY.

Welcome to my self-publishing imprint for stories running around 30,000 words. These are not collected or bundled with other tales.


WITCHES.

Selena Salem spins tales o’ witchcraft, and worse. Mystified strangers are invited to her kitchen table to hear uncanny stories. Fanning the blood-spattered cards, Selena casts her storytelling spell into the rainy Scottish night.


Tonight’s tale is one of war between greedy clans. The clan o’ the Hand hires the man in the scarlet cap to do the clan’s bidding. His task? Destroy the clan o’ the Eye and the clan o’ the Tongue. No easy feat for mortal man. A difficult job for a warlock.


Enter Rory: bandit-killer and lover of married women. The Laird o’ Tongue sends Rory to redress the balance of power by hiring witches. Rory stands on the brink of destruction at the cottage of Selena – prentice witch. Selena’s uncle may be too tired for the fight to come. All the while, the clan o’ the Eye keeps watch. Who will triumph, in this devilish tale of magic gone awry in the service of mortal men?


35,000 words, plus notes.


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Donovan’s Gauntlet (School Kids SG)

by Jonathan V. Cann

Mark Daley is a former teenage crimefighter fed up with his life. He’s got nothing to look forward to in his sophomore year at Woodvale High except helping his one-time commander Lyle Banister hatch crazy schemes to make himself famous. But all that changes when Mark meets the SG Crew, a group of five rambunctious juniors who give him a taste of everyday adventure and show him a way to escape his past. There’s just one problem: Lyle doesn’t want to let Mark go, and he’ll do whatever it takes to hold the remnants of his team together. Even if it means starting a schoolwide riot.



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